During his commencement speech at Lyceum of the Philippines—Batangas Campus last April 25, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. exhorted the graduates to inculcate in themselves the spirit of giving and to make a difference.
“All of us want reform and change in our country and in the international stage. You will ask and wonder what you can do to make a difference. The answer is simple: You can do a lot,” Senator Marcos said.
Senator Bongbong is not only his father’s namesake. Like him, his advocacies also include educational reforms. During the late President Marcos’ administration, access to free education widened with the biggest portion of the budget allotted for educational programs, and as a result, the literacy rate climbed up. Senator Bongbong is continuing his father’s crusade to improve the status of Philippine education. In fact, he has authored six bills on education that are now pending in various committees in the Senate.
As a champion of the youth, Senator Bongbong continuously inspires and supports the younger generation as he did when he authored the bill creating the National Youth Commission when he was a Representative in the Lower House. In this graduation ceremony, the Senator emphasized the power of the 747 young graduates to create positive changes in this world.
“Reflect on what you are going to do with your lives and in your future careers. Believe that you have the power to make a difference. We all possess enormous potential, power and energy within ourselves. If we utilize that power, we can indeed effect decisive changes within ourselves, and together we can make our country and our world a better place,” he said.